The Round House

Randall Lafournais Character Analysis

Randall Lafournais is Cappy’s older brother and Doe Lafournais’s oldest son. Randall is interested in traditional Chippewa medicine and culture, making regular trips to meditate in the sweat lodge he built in his backyard, and becoming an expert dancer who regularly participates in the community’s powwows. Cappy and Joe tease Randall for his womanizing ways and particularly the fact that he attracts so many white women. Although Randall does seem genuinely interested in Chippewa medicine, Cappy and Joe sometimes feel that he is doing it for show. Randall, who is one of the only young people in the book who regularly practices Chippewa medicine, shows how the culture is being transmitted to younger generations, but also how it can be susceptible to fetishization.

Randall Lafournais Quotes in The Round House

The The Round House quotes below are all either spoken by Randall Lafournais or refer to Randall Lafournais. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of The Round House published in 2013.
Chapter 2 Quotes

I didn’t like being prayed for. As I turned away I felt the prayers creeping up my spine. But that was Randall, too, always ready to make you feel a little uncomfortable with the earnest superiority of all that he was learning from the elders, even your own elders, for your benefit.

Related Characters: Joe Coutts (speaker), Randall Lafournais
Page Number: 37-38
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Chapter 7 Quotes

We came to the tree that people call the hanging tree, a huge oak. The sun was in its branches. There were prayer flags, strips of cloth. Red, blue, green, white, the old time Anishinaabe colors of the directions, according to Randall. Some cloths were faded, some new. This was the tree where those ancestors were hanged. None of the killers ever went on trial. I could see the land of their descendants, already full of row crops.

Related Characters: Joe Coutts (speaker), Randall Lafournais, Sonja
Related Symbols: The Uprooted Trees
Page Number: 140
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Randall Lafournais Character Timeline in The Round House

The timeline below shows where the character Randall Lafournais appears in The Round House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two: Lonely Among Us
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...his three friends (Cappy, Angus, and Zack) are inseparable. Cappy lives with his older brother, Randall, and his father, Doe, who works as a janitor and as the on-and-off tribe chairman.... (full context)
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...Doe he will see him later, since he will be coming over to help with Randall’s sweat lodge. Joe arrives home and Bazil tells him to go wash up for dinner.... (full context)
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After dinner, Joe goes to the Lafournais household to help Randall with his sweat lodge. Joe and Cappy are the “fire keepers,” meaning that they stoke... (full context)
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...the sweat lodge, since when they come out again everything will feel cool in comparison. Randall and his friends settle into the lodge and begin singing. Joe and Cappy go to... (full context)
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Randall comes and sits next to Joe. He tells Joe that he saw a vision in... (full context)
Chapter Four: Loud as a Whisper
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...for the ghost in case it’s trying to tell him something. Joe then remembers how Randall told him that he also saw a ghost in the sweat lodge. Joe hopes he... (full context)
Chapter Seven: Angel One
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...Joe tells Mooshum about the ghost he saw outside his window, which also appeared to Randall in the sweat lodge. Mooshum tells Joe that it is not a ghost; it is... (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Big Good-bye
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...he caught them spying. Joe says he could have talked to his dad or to Randall, but Cappy grins. Mooshum, having heard the story, compliments Father Travis’s running abilities as he... (full context)
Chapter Ten: Skin of Evil
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...room, Cappy calls Joe and tells him that some of his family (Joe presumes Doe, Randall, and Whitey) “paid a visit” to Linden and “messed him up good.” Geraldine comes back,... (full context)
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...to Cappy’s house, where he boys had planned to practice shooting, but when he arrives Randall is at the house, wearing full powwow regalia to prepare for the annual summer powwow. (full context)
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Cappy suggests that they look for rocks for Randall’s sweat lodge, so Cappy and Joe go out into the woods with a plastic sled... (full context)
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...the book repeatedly. The week passes and then it is powwow weekend. Joe goes with Randall and Cappy to the powwow grounds and helps set up in the family’s usual spot.... (full context)
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...fill the bleachers to watch the dances. Cappy and Joe set up a tent for Randall to prep himself in, and Cappy teases Randall as he dresses and paints his face.... (full context)
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Randall approaches Joe and Cappy as they watch the dancers and informs them that the house... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: The Child
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...out where to hide the rifle. Once they get there, Cappy grabs the keys to Randall’s old car and they put the gun in the trunk. After some difficulty, Cappy starts... (full context)
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...his cigarette and then tells Joe that he is going to get some money and Randall’s car and then he will pick Joe up from his house so they can go... (full context)
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...Joe’s house and Joe tells them that Cappy is going to pick them up in Randall’s car. Cappy then pulls into Joe’s driveway, and the boys pile in. Zack asks where... (full context)